Network Report

9-18-14

Current Issues in Public Health Law

Examining the Use of Research Evidence in Policymaking for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Over the course of the past 10 years, public health researchers have produced an enormous amount of policy-relevant research evidence about childhood obesity. But how much of this research evidence is actually reaching state decision-makers responsible for crafting policies to address the problem, and when it reaches them, how are they putting it to use? A study in Minnesota reveals surprising results.

Read more about this study.

FDA’s Proposed Sanitary Food Transport Regulations

Our food travels about 1,500 miles before reaching our plates, according to one estimate. The safe handling of food during transport is a critical component of the food system in the United States, and the FDA under a mandate by the Food Safety Modernization Act recently published proposed standards that have implications for public health.

More on the FDA’s proposed regulations.

New Resource

FSMA 111 Primer: Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

Section 111 of the Food Safety Modernization Act creates new requirements for regulated food transportation operations in jurisdictions across the U.S. The sanitary transportation requirements promulgated under this section may affect the duties of states that conduct contract inspections for the FDA. This primer outlines specific food safety requirements and other important aspects of Section 111.

View the Primer.

Articles and Publications

Legal Preparedness: Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters

This article provides legal suggestions developed by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Task Force for Mass Critical Care (MCC) to support planning and response efforts for mass casualty incidents involving critically ill or injured patients.

More on ACCP article.

Ask the Experts

Ebola Emergency Legal Preparedness: Quarantine of Ill Travelers

The Network was recently contacted by a public health agency policy analyst about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The requestor asked for clarification on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is enforcing the 21-day quarantine of ill travelers wishing to return to the United States.

Read about quarantine related to Ebola outbreak.

Upcoming Webinars

Crisis Standards of Care: Public Health Ethics in Light of Evolving Mandates — Webinar

Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) is a systems framework developed by the Institute of Medicine to provide guidance to health officials in public health preparedness and response. This webinar will address issues related to CSC planning and discuss the relationship between ethics and law, including the role of formal emergency declarations, legal requirements related to vulnerable populations, and potential liability for public and private entities for failure to plan. Webinar takes place on Friday, September 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register for Crisis Standards of Care Webinar.

Live Webcast from the 2014 Public Health Law Conference: Affordable Care Act — Litigation and Implementation Update

November will mark the second year when millions of Americans can purchase health insurance coverage through the online marketplaces established by the ACA. This webinar will provide an update on ACA implementation, including states’ decisions regarding Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges, as well as a number of provisions regarding public health. Experts will also discuss the legal challenges, some seeking to enjoin the law and others, to enforce it. This webinar will be a special, live webcast of a session from the 2014 Public Health Law Conference, and takes place on Thursday, October 16 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register for ACA Webinar.

Student Network

Looking for a Job, Getting a Job, and Succeeding in the Public Health Law Field

Join the Student Network for a professional development webinar featuring Matthew Penn, Director of the CDC's Public Health Law Program. Mr. Penn will share valuable information for students and new professionals interested careers in the field of public health law, including tips on job searching, resume and cover letter writing, as well as interviewing and networking. The webinar is free and will take place on Friday, September 19 at 1 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for professional development webinar.